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Working 4 you: Breaking up with your bank

You've made the decision, it's time to break up with your bank, but are you ready to make the switch? If you're not careful when making the change, you can face steep fees for missed payments, unnecessary money transfers, or overdrafts.

There are plenty of reason to want to leave your bank, from high ATM fees to wanting better customer service. But, many people don't make the switch because they're worried about the work involved. And financial analysts say it takes some effort.

But they say to always make sure you tell your bank ahead of time. Not only can they tell you of any offers that might make you want to stay, but it will give them time to get things ready.

Now the groundwork is ready, and it's time to say goodbye.

According to Jonelle Marte, a financial reporter for The Washington Post, open your new account before you close the old one. This will give you time to set up direct deposit and get your new billing information out.

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Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Some big changes are coming to several Spokane gyms over the next few weeks. Vision Quest Sport and Fitness purchased four Oz Fitness gyms earlier this year and plans to spend this month rebranding and upgrading to become MÛV Fitness.

The business owners Chip Schwerzel and Jeff Carlson promise to honor all active Oz Fitness members under their current membership contracts and welcome them into their new club ownership and up-and-coming fitness facilities.

The owners are beginning the process of rebranding and revamping the Australian-themed gyms with new marketing and management, including putting $1 million into the clubs with updated and improved equipment.

The pair's previous clubs, Vision Quest Fitness Centers, were located in Western Washington and voted best of Western Washington three years in a row. They also maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Manito Tap House

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Manito Tap House

Manito Tap House is bringing a taste of Munich to Spokane this Saturday, September 20th to celebrate their third anniversary.

“I wanted an entertaining theme for an event that best represents out spirit,” said Patrick McPherson, general manager and co-owner. “I have always felt Oktoberfest is underrepresented in the Inland Northwest, so we're bringing Germany's biggest party to Spokane.”

Saturday's beer maidens will be appropriately attired in outfits similar to what is worn in Munich. Authentic Rastal commemorative steins will also be available, with three German beers and three specialty taps to choose from.

Admission for adults is $12, or $15 for a commemorative stein and one free fill of beer. Festivities will also include three bands and a cornhole tournament with prizes. Teams can register at the bar for just $10, with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest and Children's Miracle Network.

Working 4 you: Is now the time to buy or rent?

Working 4 you: Is now the time to buy or rent?

Home prices may not be making huge gains right now, but they are on the rise. Buying and selling tends to cool down along with the fall weather, and those sitting on the fence between buying and renting may be wondering what their next move should be.

A recent analysis by real estate website Zillow found that in many metro areas, renting is more costly than buying. That's because rents keep climbing during the recession and didn't drop like housing prices.

Home affordability has been helped by low mortgage rates, which have sat around four percent for much of this year, but they may not stay there as the economy improves.

Experts say if you're interested in buying a home, buy now. They say when mortgage rates go up, your purchasing power goes down pretty substantially.

But there's more to the housing market than just mortgage rates, including demand.

Some markets are more challenging, even in the slower season.

Council passes domestic violence ordinances

Domestic Violence is dominating the headlines after disturbing video surfaced showing NFL running back Ray Rice hitting his future wife and knocking her to the ground.

Monday night the Spokane City Council passed two ordinances that take aim at domestic violence.

Council President Ben Stuckart told council he wants to take steps to avoid domestic violence situations like the Ray Rice video and the shooting at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane in early July.

The first ordinance calls for a domestic violence prevention fund.

Council also decided in a 7-0 vote to add 'domestic violence victim status' to the list of people protected under the city's anti discrimination ordinance for housing and employment.

Council President Stuckart says there is fear among victims that they will be evicted because of an abusive relationship.

"Some cities are pressuring land lords to evict tenants whenever criminal activity including domestic violence occurs at a property," Stuckart said. "Some tenants feel like they can not call police to report domestic violence because they face eviction if they call too many times."